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Brian Johnson, deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will join Alston & Bird as a partner in March.

Brad Close was named president of the National Federation of Independent Business, the small-business advocacy group. He has been acting president since December when former President Juanita Duggan left the organization. Close was previously senior vice president for public policy.

The Raben Group hired Brandi Colander, former deputy assistant secretary at the Interior Department under former President Obama, as a principal. Colander most recently was head of external relations and diversity and inclusion for Charter Communications and before that was associate vice president of the National Wildlife Federation. Jessica McCall, a former White House and Department of Health and Human Services aide under Obama, was also hired as a principal. Most recently, McCall was vice president of marketing and external affairs at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. 

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Kountoupes Denham Carr & Reid named Adam Hechavarria as a principal. He was legislative director to Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher Young'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack US Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots GOP senator confronted by Trump supporters over electoral challenge: 'The law matters' MORE (R-Ind.) for more than three years and before that was legislative director to ex-Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteBottom line Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 Bottom line MORE (R-N.H.) for more than six years. 

Better Markets announced that Ed Silverman, a policy consultant at TD Bank, will be a senior fellow. He was previously head of government relations for TD Bank, as well as a staff director of the Senate Banking Committee, managing director of RBS Americas, and chief of staff to ex-Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.). 

Scott Riplinger, former legislative director for Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoSweeping COVID-19, spending deal hits speed bumps McConnell in tough position as House eyes earmark return Mnuchin to put 5B in COVID-19 relief funds beyond successor's reach MORE (R-Idaho), is now a partner at CGCN Group. Alex Renjel, former aide to Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain Inhofe'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack Republican senators now regret not doing more to contain Trump GOP senator says he's never seen Pence so angry amid Trump calls to block election certification MORE (R-Okla.), was also named vice president.  

David Clunie was named executive director of the Black Economic Alliance, a nonpartisan group of business leaders. He most recently was managing director of senior corporate responsibility engagement at JPMorgan Chase and before that was an aide to former President Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewApple just saved billion in tax — but can the tax system be saved? Lobbying World Russian sanctions will boomerang MORE.